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soft and a bit hard green stools (not diarrhea)

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Hi, my name is Johnny. I'm an adult male aged 23 years old.

I've been having soft and a bit hard green stools (not diarrhea) for a little over two weeks now. Sometimes I even find specs of blood in my stool. I already saw two doctors! I first went to see a family doctor and he thinks it's something viral. He's having me do a stool test and a barium enema. I found the stool test he gave me odd. It's not the usual cup thing where you put your stool in. It was rather a tube like thing where I had to scoop my stool into. I already gave in my stool sample this morning and I won't get results for another two weeks. My barium enema test isn't until September 12! I'm really worried because I've been having cramps and have been having green stools for over two weeks now!

The second doctor I saw was at my local hospital. I waited in the emergency for almost 6 hours. I wanted a second opinion so this doctor had me do a blood test and the results came up negative. He too thinks I may have something viral or it can be stress related. He believes that my problem is benign and non-cancerous. He wants a sample of my stool only if it's completely liquid. Why is that? Why can't he test my stool as is? I found that rather stranger.. Can I trust the results of the blood test or is it not enough to determine the cause of my green stools and cramps? What worries me is that I don't know exactly what he was checking with the blood test. Do you think he forgot to check other organs like the stomach, liver, gallbladder and pancreas? He might of only checked my bowels. What do you think he was checking with the blood test he gave me? I'm really not sure.

If you have read everything, thanks a lot. What is your feeling? Can you narrow it down to three potential problems or ever one? Can it possibly be cancer and the doctors made a misdiagnosis? I also suffer from anxiety so I fear the worst possible thing. I would really appreciate your knowledge and feedback! Thanks and get back to me as soon as you can!


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replied September 8th, 2014
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A49155
Thank you for asking

Cancer is quite overrated these days. Age of 23 is too young for cancer. Plus the presentation is quite different. 2 weeks duration with alternating bowel habits and slight cramps o's definitely a viral infections and it my pass. Soft and fibrous diet and rest for a while would suffice.

Slight Antispasmodics for the cramps and trusting your gastroenterologist for management is needed.

I hope it helps. Visit our gastrointestinal health centre for further guidance.

Take care


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